Conor McGregor actually landed more shots on Floyd Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao did
Conor McGregor punches Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
After a big fight, the post-fight statistics are often a source of discussion.
Who got hit more? Who hit harder?
Same goes for the recently concluded mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, which the American boxer won with a tenth-round TKO.
One of the more interesting stats to come out of the fight however is how McGregor, a mixed martial artist who made made his pro debut this weekend, fared against Mayweather as compared to the five-division boxing world champion's other opponents.
Many believed that McGregor wouldn't even get to sniff the air that Mayweather was moving around in, but in fact, the stats prove otherwise.
According to MMAFighting.com's Mike Chiapetta, McGregor actually landed more punches on Mayweather, and at a better percentage, than eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.
Conor McGregor (111-430, 26%) in 10 rounds landed more punches & at a better percentage than Manny Pacquiao (81-429, 19%) did in 12 #MayMac— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) August 27, 2017
McGregor, a two-division UFC world champion, landed 111 punches at a 26% rate in ten rounds, as compared to Pacquiao's 81 punches at a 19% rate in twelve rounds.
Pacquiao and Mayweather fought back in 2015, with Mayweather winning via unanimous decision.
MMAFighting.com also added that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez only had six more punches than McGregor, at 117, in twelve rounds against Mayweather.
Canelo lost to Mayweather back in 2013 via majority decision.
Punches landed against Mayweather:— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 27, 2017
Now, before any violent reactions, more punches thrown does not necessarily mean a better performance.
While McGregor did land thirty times more than Pacquiao did, the Filipino boxing legend went the distance with Mayweather. The Irishman got stopped in the tenth round.
If anything, this little statistic only goes to show that Conor McGregor is a capable striker, whether it be in boxing or MMA.